U.Va. Astronomer, Students Create Book on Universe for Schoolkids

What a wonderful idea! –And I am sure that kids in bright sky areas will learn much from the bilingual book.

U.Va. Astronomer, Students Create Book on Universe for Schoolkids
September 1, 2010 — Last year, University of Virginia astronomer Kelsey Johnson and a team of student volunteers established an astronomy club, called “Dark Skies, Bright Kids,” in rural southern Albemarle County elementary schools.They are seeking to spark early interest in astronomy among children who live far enough away from bright city lights to actually get a great view of the night sky. They hold weekly after-school meetings, and, every other Friday night, set up telescopes on school grounds for family-oriented sky gazing.

The schools there have a large Hispanic population, so Johnson and her team – drawn mostly from the astronomy department in U.Va.’s College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences – also are reaching out to students whose native language is Spanish. …

… She currently is seeking a $25,000 grant from Pepsi, through its Pepsi Refresh educational grant program, which allows the public to vote on projects for funding. (To vote, click here; you can vote up to 10 times per day through the month of September). Johnson also is seeking other funding sources, which would allow her, she hopes, to distribute the book more broadly in Virginia, and maybe even nationally.

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